Sunday, May 9, 2010

Earth Song tutorial (PTU)

Earth Song

This tutorial was written by Dianna Richards of Digicats (and Dogs)/Di Before Dawn Tutorials. Any resemblance to any other tutorial, published or unpublished, living, dead or undead, is purely coincidental.

Please do not rebroadcast, redistribute or otherwise claim this tutorial or any part there of as your own work.

Items you will need to complete this project:

The Four Elements taggers kit by Gothic Inspirations. This is a PTU kit which may be purchased at the Gothic Inspirations store as well as Digital Chaos.

Don't forget to stop by Jessica's blog and snag the add on for this kit. While you will not need it for this tutorial, you will want it for use in the future.

Tube of choice. I am using psp15525-Sounds of Spring by Unholy Vault Designs. You must have a license to use this tube, which may be purchased at

Wee Scots Lass mask #275 which you can download HERE.

Font(s) and/or alpha of choice. I am using Trebuchet MS which is a windows system font, and the Rock alpha by Dreams Fulfilled, which is a FTU alpha that may be downloaded from her blog.

Note that H# and V# refer to Horizontal and vertical coordinates on your canvas grid. Make sure you have View, Rulers checked in order to see the ruler grid.

When I say "Add to your canvas" I expect that you will copy and paste it as a new layer, unless otherwise state in the tutorial.

This tutorial assumes you have a working knowledge of PSP. It was written using PSP X1, but should work in PSP 8 and up.

Open a new raster layer canvas, 800 x 800 pixels, flood filled white.

Open Paper8-GI_TheFourElements. Layer --> Load/Save Mask --> Load Mask from Disk and find Wee Scotts Lass mask #275. Make sure the fit to canvas button is checked, then click on load.

Copy Merged and add to main canvas, centered.

Open Parchment-GI_TheFourElements and resize by 75%. Add to main canvas, centered. Go to Image --> free rotate --> rotate right, 15 degrees.

Open Foilage1_GI_TheFourElements and add to main canvas, centered at H500, V400.

Open psp15525-SCUVD-SoundsofSpring and copy Raster 4. Add to main canvas, centered.

Open Frame3-GI_TheFourElements. Resize to 85%, Copy and add to main canvas, centered.

Using you pick tool, line the left side of the tube up with the inner left side of the frame.

Add a drop shadow of choice to tube. I am using offsets, of Vertical 8, Horizontal -8, opacity 85, blur 35, color forest green (#004000).

Click on your frame layer, Raster 4 to activate.

Open Ivy2-GI_TheFourElements, mirror, copy and add to main canvas, centered at H400, V550.

Open Netting-GI_TheFourElements, resize to 65%, and add to main canvas, centered at H300, V600.

Open Owl-GI_TheFourElements, copy and add to main canvas, centered at H210, V580.

On the materials pallet, set your foreground color to transparent, and your background color to forest green (#004000). Using font of choice, add copyright information to the tag.

For the Sounds of Spring tube, that information is: (c)Unholy Vault Designs Your_MPTLicense#.

You can now save the artist's copy of your tag as a .pspimage.

Using Font or Alpha of choice, add name of choice to tag. I am using the Rock Alpha by Dreams Fulfilled, which is free to use, full size alpha I have resized for tagging purposes.

I have centered my name at H500, V650 on the canvas. Actual location may vary depending upon size and length of name you are using.

Merge the layers, and resize to 75% to 600 x 600 pxls. Save as a .jpg file and you're all done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you should have a problem, please feel free to E-Mail Me and I'll be happy to help you out.

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